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10 March 1999

New guide provides essential information on the National Minimum Wage
As of April 1999 and for the first time ever in the UK, the vast majority of workers are covered by a national minimum wage.

The newest booklet from the Labour Research Department (LRD) The national minimum wage - an LRD guide gives essential information about how the new minimum wage will work. It looks at who is covered by the minimum wage, how it is calculated and how workers can ensure they get what they are entitled to.

It gives guidance on the complexities of how minimum wage rates apply, including how pay is worked out and how working hours are counted. And it provides information on the all-important issues of enforcement of the minimum wage, and on what rights workers have if they wish to query their entitlement to it.

The booklet also contains a handy at-a-glance overview of the essential elements of the minimum wage, and a section detailing agencies which can provide further help and advice.

Notes to editors

The National Minimum Wage - an LRD Guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?2.25 or ?10 for non-labour movement bodies.
LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?25.75 (?65.90 for non-labour movement bodies). LRD will publish 12 booklets this year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 83 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
For press enquiries only, contact Richard Pond on 0171 902 9812 or Andrea Oates on 0171 902 9825. The telephone number for orders is 0171 928 3649.

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